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Students holding March for Our Lives events in Washington and across US

Survivors of the deadly shooting rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school are set to lead thousands Saturday in a March for Our Lives on Washington, delivering their impassioned pleas for stricter gun control law to the nation.

South Korea says North Korea agrees to hold high-level talks

South Korea said Saturday that North Korea has accepted its proposal to hold high-level inter-Korean talks next week.


South Korea says North agrees to hold summit preparation talks on March 29

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with South Korea on March 29 at the border truce village of Panmunjom to prepare for a summit of their leaders planned for April, the South said on Saturday.


Peru political crisis thrusts engineer-turned-diplomat into power

LIMA (Reuters) - Until this week, Martin Vizcarra led a quiet life as Peru's ambassador to Canada, overseeing the two nations' friendly relations from Ottawa, the Canadian capital.


Ghana votes to host U.S. military; opposition boycotts vote

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's parliament on Friday night ratified a deal granting "unimpeded" access to the United States to deploy troops and military equipment in the West African nation in a vote boycotted by the opposition, legislators said.


Exclusive: Comoros passport scheme was unlawful, abused by 'mafia' networks - report

NAIROBI/MORONI (Reuters) - A programme to sell Comoros Islands citizenship to fund development resulted in thousands of passports being sold outside official channels via "mafia" networks and up to $100 million of revenues went missing, according to a report by the small Indian Ocean state's parliament.


Trump should insist on Libya-style denuclearization for North Korea: Bolton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said Trump should insist that any meeting he holds with North Korea's leader must be focused squarely on how to eliminate that country's nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible.


Trump should insist on Libya-style denuclearization for N.Korea -Bolton

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) - John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said Trump should insist that any meeting he holds with North Korea's leader must be focused squarely on how to eliminate that country's nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible.


Italy's Berlusconi accuses League ally of betrayal over Senate job

ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party on Friday accused the far-right League of breaking ranks with its conservative ally during a vote to select the speaker of the Senate.


Car bomb rips through crowd at Afghan wrestling match

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more who had gathered to watch a wrestling match in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said.


Who's your friend? Wistful EU embraces May before Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - With Brexit a year away, European Union leaders made a point on Friday of embracing Theresa May, with some treating her troubles with Russia and the United States as an opportunity to show Britain who its friends are.

US-S. Korea trade deal is close

President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States is close to striking a trade deal with South Korea, an achievement that would mark an end to the free trade agreement between the two countries.


Europeans promise more steps against Russia over UK spy attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states agreed at a summit on Friday to take additional punitive measures against Russia for a nerve agent attack in Britain, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it.


Syrian army celebrates as rebels quit most of their Ghouta stronghold

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels agreed to surrender a second besieged enclave in eastern Ghouta on Friday as their comrades in another insurgent pocket in the area continued their withdrawal after a month-long assault by the army.


South Africa's Ramaphosa changes Zuma rule on influence-peddling inquiry

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa has changed a rule that said evidence produced at a judicial inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling signed by his predecessor Jacob Zuma could not be used in a criminal case.


May welcomes Brexit transition, trade talks loom

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the approval by European Union leaders on Friday of a transition period to help business adapt after Brexit, telling the bloc to ride the "new dynamic" in upcoming trade talks.


Thousands join 'Black Friday' marches against Polish abortion restrictions

WARSAW (Reuters) - Thousands of Poles dressed in black protested across the country on Friday against an attempt by the ruling conservatives and the powerful Catholic Church to ban most abortions.


Afghan suicide bomber kills at least 10 at wrestling match

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A car bomb in the southern Afghan province of Helmand killed at least 10 people and wounded 35 who had gathered on Friday for a wrestling match, officials said.


Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near disputed South China Sea island, officials say

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

Reid, Harry

Harry Reid Bids Washington Goodbye: ‘Shake My Head Is All I Can Do’

The former Senate Democratic leader plans to pull up stakes in the capital, saying that his “life’s not the Senate any more.”


Europeans to take new steps against Russia over UK spy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states agreed at a summit in Brussels to take further punitive steps against Russia in the coming days for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it.


U.S. showcases stealth fighter training on amphibious carrier

ABOARD USS WASP, Philippine Sea (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Friday launched vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) F-35Bs from the deck of the USS Wasp amphibious carrier in the waters around Okinawa in its first show of stealth aircraft force at sea.


Ukraine's Savchenko goes on hunger strike over detention

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko began a hunger strike on Friday to protest her detention on charges of planning a coup against the government, less than two years after being welcomed home as a national hero.


Syrian rebels, Russians to negotiate end to Ghouta suffering-rebel group

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian rebel group in one besieged eastern Ghouta pocket said on Friday it would try to negotiate an end to an army assault there, while insurgents in another nearby enclave withdrew.


Sarkozy vows to vanquish 'Gaddafi gang', fights barring order

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy will challenge a barring order that forbids him from meeting key accusers and allies or traveling to countries such as Libya pending a judicial investigation into allegations that Muammar Gaddafi bankrolled his 2007 election campaign.


Spain to try Catalan separatist leaders for rebellion

MADRID (Reuters) - Twenty-five Catalan leaders will be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state, Spain's Supreme Court ruled on Friday, in a sharp escalation of legal action against separatists in the northeastern region.

John Bolton on: North Korea, Russia, bombing Iran and Iraq War

John Bolton said on Thursday that his past policy statements are "behind me" and that, after taking over next month as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, "The important thing is what the President says and the advice I give him."


Britain blocks plans for new coal mine in northeast England

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has refused permission for a new open cast coal mine in northeastern England, the minister for local government said on Friday.


Russia's Putin says focus in new term will be improving living standards

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he would repay the trust voters had placed in him by working toward creating jobs, raising incomes, improving healthcare and building new infra-structure.


EU leaders confirm Brexit transition offer, joint trade line

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders formally adopted on Friday their joint negotiating stance on a future trade relationship with Britain after it leaves the bloc, said the chairman of the summit, Donald Tusk.


Air strikes hit in Ghouta despite rebel ceasefire effort, monitor says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes hit a rebel-held enclave of Syria's eastern Ghouta region on Friday despite a ceasefire that the rebel group who controlled the area had said would take effect at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


Catalan separatists to appear before Spain's Supreme Court

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court will rule on Friday on whether to send four Catalan separatist leaders back to jail while an investigation into their roles in Catalonia's banned independence push last year continues.


British police investigate suspicious package in London near the Gherkin

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they were investigating reports of a suspicious package in the City of London on Friday and had put cordons in place near the building known as the Gherkin.


Putin to address Russian people after officials declare election results valid

MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin is set to address the Russian people on Friday at 10:00 GMT after the results of an election that gave him a new six-year term were declared valid, the Kremlin said.


Convoy departs British embassy in Moscow ahead of expulsion deadline

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A convoy of vehicles left the British Embassy in Moscow on Friday ahead of a Russian deadline for 23 diplomats to leave the country, a Reuters camera operator said.


Some charges to be dropped against Vatican treasurer Pell, court hears

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Some of the alleged historical sexual offense charges against Vatican treasurer George Pell will be dropped because one of his accusers is unfit to give evidence, an Australian court heard on Friday.

Tariffs show Trump doesn't want China's help with North Korea

The US and China hit each other with billions of dollars in tariffs this week as the two countries edge closer to a trade war, a dramatic shift in a relationship which seemed to be growing stronger under President Donald Trump as he relied on Beijing for help with North Korea.


Vietnam scraps South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing: BBC

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its "Red Emperor" project off the country's southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday.


No laughing matter: China regulator bans TV parodies amid content crackdown

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's media regulator is cracking down on video spoofs, the official Xinhua new agency reported, amid an intensified crackdown on any content that is deemed to be in violation of socialist core values under President Xi Jinping.


France's president sees popularity hit record low: poll

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity has fallen to its lowest point so far in his presidency, a poll showed on Friday, a day after nationwide protests against his reform drive brought tens of thousands of public workers on the streets.


Apartment blaze in Ho Chi Minh City kills 13, injures 27

HANOI (Reuters) - A fire in a Ho Chi Minh City apartment block killed 13 people in the early hours of Friday, state media and a fire department official in the Vietnamese economic hub said.


Asian oil, gas producers stepping up activity after long lull

* Asian govts need to improve fiscal terms to attract investors


Mexican president defends energy reform from leftist's attacks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's president on Thursday defended his decision to open the energy sector against attacks from the man currently favorite to succeed him, saying a rollback of the measure could cost the country billions of dollars in lost investment.


Review: ‘Frozen’ Hits Broadway With a Little Magic and Some Icy Patches

The neurotic stage musical adaptation of the animated blockbuster raises questions about how Disney transforms its biggest hits.


Record number of U.S. Marines to train in Australia in symbolic challenge to China

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defence minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.


EU backs Britain in blaming Russia for spy attack, recalls envoy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders backed Britain on Thursday in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and recalled their envoy to Moscow in a symbolic protest.


In Indonesia, a shadowy campaign to stoke unrest as elections loom

BANDUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - A spate of mysterious attacks on Islamic clerics, schools and mosques in Indonesia in recent weeks has ramped up tensions as the world's most populous Muslim-majority country heads into provincial elections and a presidential poll next year.


Saudi Arabia has options if U.S. walks from nuclear power deal: minister

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has international partners it can work with if the United States walks away from a potential deal on nuclear power technology over concerns about nuclear proliferation, Khalid al-Falih, the kingdom's energy minister, said in an interview on Thursday.


Nike forecasts reversal in North America sales decline, tops estimates

(Reuters) - Nike Inc on Thursday signaled an end to revenue declines in North America as the world's largest footwear maker reaps the benefits of its efforts to sell directly to customers and focus on new launches.


Syrian refugee sets himself on fire at a Greek migrant camp

ATHENS (Reuters) - A 26-year old Syrian man set himself on fire at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday, in one of the most serious incidents involving stranded migrants in many months.


Russian agent may have limited mental capacity after nerve attack

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A military-grade nerve toxin attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have left them with compromised mental capacity and it is unclear whether they will recover, a British judge said on Thursday.


Poland says U.S. missile shield site delayed until 2020

WARSAW (Reuters) - Technical problems will delay the completion of the Polish section of a U.S. defence shield by two years to 2020, Poland's defence ministry said on Thursday.


Tillerson bids farewell to 'mean-spirited' Washington in speech to staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left the State Department on Thursday, calling Washington a "mean-spirited town" but saying nothing about President Donald Trump in his farewell remarks to department employees.

Manhattan (NYC)

Inside Broadway’s Secret Laboratory: ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Frozen,’ and So Much More

A day in the life of the New 42nd Street Studios, the building where Broadway rehearses. Featuring “Margaritaville,” “Pretty Woman,” child stars and cronuts.


Russia may annul election results at two polling stations: officials

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia could annul results at two polling stations where Reuters reporters witnessed people voting more than once during Sunday's presidential election, election officials said on Thursday.


Mattis tells Saudi leader of urgent need to find end to Yemen war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There is an urgent need to find a political solution to Yemen's war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, as he voiced hope for a U.N. special envoy's peace efforts and firmly backed Riyadh.


China should prepare for military action over Taiwan: Chinese paper

BEIJING (Reuters) - China should prepare for military action over self-ruled Taiwan and pressure Washington over cooperation on North Korea after the United States passed a law to boost ties with Taiwan, a widely read Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday.

John Dowd steps down as President Trump ramps up his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.


Mattis tells Saudi leader: urgent need to find end to Yemen's war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday there was an urgent need to find a political solution to Yemen's war, as he voiced hope for a U.N. special envoy's peace efforts and firmly backed Riyadh.


Catalan secessionists likely to fail again to elect new regional head

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan secessionist parties are likely to fail for a third time to elect a new regional head on Thursday after the far-left group CUP said it would abstain in a vote of confidence.


Britain seeks European help against Russian spy networks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain is asking other European states to crack down together on Russian spy networks that could be preparing similar attacks to the nerve agent assault on a former Russian spy in England, diplomats said.


Italian parties seek parliamentary deal; government talks far away

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and rightist parties are looking to wrap up a deal on who should be appointed as speakers for the new parliament, which opens on Friday after this month's inconclusive elections.


South Korea ex-president Lee detained on graft charges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean former president Lee Myung-bak was detained early on Friday on charges of taking bribes when he was in office, becoming the country's fourth leader to end up behind bars.


Oasis of calm in shattered region, Dubai steps out as art hub

DUBAI (Reuters) - As traditional centers of modern Arab art in Damascus and Baghdad have imploded amid disastrous wars, the sheeny city-state of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has stepped into the vacuum as a major hub for art sales.


Pressure mounts on Macron over arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

PARIS (Reuters) - Two rights groups have given the French government two months to halt weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates or face legal action, adding to pressure on President Emmanuel Macron to scale back support of a Riyadh-led offensive in Yemen.


Suspect in Palestinian assassination attempt among four dead in Gaza shootout: Hamas

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas said its security forces in Gaza shot dead on Thursday the main suspect behind an attempt to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister, a bombing that threatens to unravel its reconciliation agreement with the West Bank-based government.


Britain seeks European help against Russian spy networks: diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain is seeking help from other European countries to take action against Russian spy networks that could be preparing similar attacks as the nerve agent assault on a former Russian spy in England, diplomats said.


Endeavour Energy kicks off North Sea assets sale -sources

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) - Endeavour Energy UK has launched the sale of its North Sea oil and gas assets at an ambitious price target of $500 million, according to two industry sources and a document seen by Reuters.


Famous Turkish singer sentenced to 10 months in jail for insulting Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - A famous Turkish singer and actress has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan during a performance in 2016, the Hurriyet newspaper said on Thursday.


EU court backs more transparency in EU legislative process

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Europe's second-highest court sided with proponents of more transparency in the EU lawmaking process on Thursday, saying that European Parliament should provide key documents in talks between legislators and EU countries on demand.


Ukraine detains war hero Savchenko over suspected coup plot

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's State Security Service on Thursday detained lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko, an ex-military helicopter navigator who became a national hero after being held in a Russian jail, on charges of planning a military-style coup.


Main suspect in attack on Palestinian PM dead after gun battle: Gaza security official

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The main suspect in last week's attempted assassination of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah died of his wounds after a gun battle on Thursday with Hamas-run security forces in the Gaza Strip, a security official said.


Meditation and law: The Suu Kyi loyalist tipped for Myanmar presidency

YANGON (Reuters) - Win Myint, the long-serving member of Myanmar's ruling party who is expected to become the country's next president within days, is described by colleagues as a skilled political operator with a crucial quality - loyalty to de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


French public sector, rail workers strike in test for Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - Teachers, train conductors and airline controllers walked off the job across France on Thursday, disrupting transport and public services in a test of public anger with President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive.

Conservatism (US Politics)

Op-Ed Contributor: Will Canada Elect a Tin-Pot Northern Trump?

Doug Ford’s rise to power in Ontario signals the Conservative brand is now principally a marker of contempt for political order itself.


Dutch say 'no' in referendum on spy agency tapping powers

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch voters have narrowly rejected a law that would give spy agencies the power to carry out mass tapping of Internet traffic delivering a setback to Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government.


Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days

MALE (Reuters) - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted a 45-day state of emergency which had outlawed protests amid political upheaval on the Muslim-majority Indian Ocean island chain.


Turkey says will drive Kurdish YPG from Syrian border area if no deal with U.S.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will drive the Kurdish YPG militia away from the Syrian border if it does not reach agreement with the United States on a plan to remove the group from Syria's Manbij region, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.


Killing of aid workers in Nigeria a setback for troubled crisis response

ABUJA (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents arrived in the northeastern Nigerian town of Rann on March 1. Ignoring the camp for 55,000 people displaced by the region's conflict, they stormed the nearby military base.


Peru prosecutors seek to bar toppled president from leaving country: source

LIMA (Reuters) - Anti-graft prosecutors in Peru on Wednesday asked a judge to bar President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from leaving the South American country hours after he announced his resignation in the face of near-certain impeachment, a judiciary source told Reuters.


Philippine police say 13 killed in one day of drug busts

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police killed 13 suspected drug dealers and arrested more than 100 people in dozens of anti-narcotics operations on Wednesday in a province north of the capital, its police chief said.


Forty-five countries urge Cambodia to conduct free vote, release opposition leader

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Forty-five countries called on Cambodia on Wednesday to reinstate the main opposition party, release its jailed leader and ensure a July general election is free and fair.


Peru prosecutors seek to bar president from leaving country: source

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian prosecutors asked a judge late on Wednesday to bar outgoing President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from leaving the country, hours after he resigned in the face of near-certain impeachment, a judiciary source told Reuters.


South Korea presidential office proposes two-term presidency, lower voting age

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korea presidential office on Thursday proposed a four-year, two-term presidency, as widely expected, saying the current five-year single-term presidency hails from the age of dictatorship.


North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament to meet in April ahead of inter-Korean summit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, the isolated state's rubber-stamp parliament, will hold a meeting on April 11, the North's state media said on Thursday, just weeks before an historic summit between North and South Korea.


Government official says GM Korea finds it hard to share information about global strategies

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's vice finance minister said on Thursday there is tension between GM Korea and the Korea Development Bank because the U.S. automaker isn't sharing internal information about the company necessary for the bank to carry out due diligence.


Chinese paper says China should prepare for military action over Taiwan

BEIJING (Reuters) - A widely read Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday China should prepare for military action over self-ruled Taiwan, and pressure Washington over cooperation on North Korea, after the United States passed a law to boost ties with Taiwan.


French civil servants, rail staff strike in test for Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - Teachers, hospital nurses, train conductors and airline controllers will walk off the job and take to the streets across France on Thursday in a test of public anger with President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive.


Dutch approve spy agency tapping powers in referendum: exit poll

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch voters on Wednesday approved a referendum granting spy agencies the power to install bulk taps on Internet traffic, even as news of Facebook's 50 million user profile leak returned digital privacy issues to the fore.

Asia and Australia Edition: Austin, North Korea, Cambridge Analytica: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


BRIEF-Granite Awarded $51 Mln Road And Bridge Rehabilitation Project In Alaska



Plane taking freed Nigerian schoolgirls to capital Abuja: Reuters witness

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A plane carrying scores of Nigerian schoolgirls freed by Islamist Boko Haram militants on Wednesday has taken off from Maiduguri for the capital Abuja, a Reuters witness reported.


France's Sarkozy told he suspected of taking Gaddafi election money

NANTERRE, France (Reuters) - French former president Nicolas Sarkozy was told after two days in custody on Wednesday that he is being formally treated as a suspect as magistrates investigate claims his 2007 election campaign got funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.


Hamas says searching for suspect in attack on Palestinian PM

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas said on Wednesday it was searching for a prime suspect in a bomb attack last week on the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza.


EU's Tusk confirms Brexit transition offer to London

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will on Friday offer Britain a Brexit transition deal, the summit chair Donald Tusk said - but the deal will only be finalized if London honours its commitments on the Irish border and Gibraltar.


Devolved UK parliaments pass bills to keep current powers after Brexit

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain's devolved parliaments in Scotland and Wales on Wednesday approved bills that aim to keep their current powers unchanged after Brexit, a backstop in case a dispute with Prime Minister Theresa May's government drags on.


Texas bombing suspect blows self up on roadside as police close in

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The man accused of carrying out a three-week bombing spree that killed two people in Texas before blowing himself up as police closed in on him was a 23-year-old unemployed man from suburban Austin, authorities said on Wednesday.

Hawking, Stephen W

Stephen Hawking to Be Interred at Westminster Abbey

The cosmologist’s ashes will be buried there later this year, near a few legendary scientists like Darwin and Newton.

Religion and Belief

Doctored Photo Prompts a Keeper of the Pope’s Image to Step Down

Msgr. Dario Vigano resigned as the head of Vatican communications after an embarrassing attempt to manipulate a letter written by the retired pope, Benedict.

Politics and Government

French President’s Next Target: The Railroads. Strikes Loom.

Emmanuel Macron is hoping to win where others failed by reducing railway workers’ benefits, part of a plan to reshape the economy and society.


EU leaders to warn May on Brexit backsliding: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders will issue a warning to Britain on Friday that it will only finally secure a Brexit transition period if it stands by its commitments on the Irish border and Gibraltar, a draft statement showed on Wednesday.


Sparks fly in Moscow as Russia and Britain trade accusations over spy poisoning

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Britain accused Moscow on Wednesday of running an assassination program to eliminate its enemies, while Russia said Britain may itself have orchestrated the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England.


Merkel seeks cohesion and renewal in angst-ridden Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday charged her new government with healing divisions in German society that have fueled the far-right, equipping the economy for the digital era and bolstering the European project.


Syrian rebels agree to evacuate town in Ghouta: sources

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels will evacuate a besieged town in eastern Ghouta, opposition sources and officials and a military media unit run by the government's ally Hezbollah said on Wednesday, the first such deal in the last rebel bastion near the capital.


Strike in northwest Syria kills 20, including 16 children: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An air raid on a rebel-held area of northwestern Syria killed 20 people including 16 children fleeing an earlier strike on a school, rescue workers said on Wednesday.

Male birth control 1 step closer to reality

A male birth control pill that is safe and effective is on the horizon, according to a new study, but CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta said it is probably still several years away.


Kremlin condemns British ambassador's decision to skip spy briefing

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a decision by the British ambassador to skip a Russian briefing on the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain showed London was unwilling to listen to Moscow's side of the story.


Suicide bomber kills more than 30 near shrine in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up near a shrine in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, as the Afghan capital celebrated the Nawruz holiday marking the start of the Persian new year.


Hungary's ruling Fidesz holds clear lead as election nears: polls

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party remains the runaway leader in polls less than three weeks before national elections, with right-wing opposition party Jobbik in second place, surveys from Publicus and Zavecz Research showed on Wednesday.


Militants free scores of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls after month in captivity

DAPCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Islamist militants drove scores of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls back into the town where they had been captured a month ago and abruptly set them free on Wednesday.

Opinion: The law is still three steps behind Facebook

In the US and across the world, lawmakers and regulators are demanding answers from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica in the wake of a global scandal centered on the harvesting of the personal data of 50 million users.


Pope sacks Vatican communications chief following 'Lettergate' scandal

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Monsignor Dario Vigano, the Italian head of the Vatican communications department who was caught up in the so-called "Lettergate" scandal, has resigned, the Vatican said on Wednesday.


Pope announces trip to Dublin August 25-26

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Wednesday he will make the first papal trip to Ireland in nearly 40 years, visiting Dublin Aug. 25-26 for a Church meeting on families.


Saudi Arabia says revamping education to combat 'extremist ideologies'

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is revamping its education curriculum to eradicate any trace of Muslim Brotherhood influence and will dismiss anyone working in the sector who sympathizes with the banned group, the education minister said.


Some abducted schoolgirls returned to Nigeria's Dapchi: witnesses

ABUJA (Reuters) - Some of the 110 schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Dapchi last month were brought back on Wednesday, two witnesses said.


Taiwan shadows China carrier group after Xi warning

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has sent ships and aircraft to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier group through the narrow Taiwan Strait, its defense ministry said on Wednesday, after Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his strongest warning against Taiwan separatism to date.


Chinese rights activists fearful as policeman takes charge of legal affairs

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese rights lawyers and activists say the promotion on Monday of former police official Fu Zhenghua to head China's justice ministry signals an even deeper freeze on attempts to use the country's legal system to defend against rights abuses.


Myanmar's president resigns 'to take rest from duties'

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's civilian president, Htin Kyaw, has resigned with immediate effect "in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities", his office said in a statement posted on Facebook on Wednesday.


Philippine mayor shuts city billboard after porn video shown briefly

MANILA (Reuters) - The mayor of the major financial hub in the Philippines said on Wednesday she was investigating after a pornographic video appeared briefly on a prominent billboard, startling motorists on one of the bustling city's major roadways.


U.S. ties 'super important' says Mexican leftist's pick to lead NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former World Trade Organization economist picked to lead NAFTA negotiations by the front-runner in the race for Mexico's presidency told Reuters on Tuesday that modernizing parts of the pact should be possible while stressing the importance of relations with the United States.


China stays on the sidelines as Venezuela spirals downward

CARACAS/BEIJING (Reuters) - China is likely to extend an agreement proving crisis-stricken Venezuela with favorable loans repayment terms but will not lend fresh funds to President Nicolas Maduro's government, according to sources in Caracas and Beijing familiar with the situation.


South Korea's Moon says three-way summit with North Korea, U.S. possible

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday a three-way summit with North Korea and the United States is possible and that talks should aim for an end to the nuclear threat on the Korean peninsula.


China sends carrier through Taiwan Strait after Xi warning: report

TAIPEI (Reuters) - China has sent its sole operational aircraft carrier the Liaoning through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates China from the self-ruled island, Taiwan's defense minister said on Wednesday, according to local media.

Stephen Hawking's ashes to sit near graves of Newton and Darwin

The ashes of world famous physicist Steven Hawking will be interred in London's Westminster Abbey near the graves of ground-breaking scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.


Philippines bus crash kills at least 19, injures more than a dozen: police

MANILA (Reuters) - At least 19 passengers were killed and more than a dozen injured when a commuter bus crashed into a ravine south of the Philippine capital, Manila, on Tuesday evening, police said.


Fate of 'disappeared' stirs anger among Pakistan's Pashtuns

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - When Mohammad Ayub Khan heard his nephew had been picked up by Pakistani security officials in Karachi, it brought back painful memories of another nephew who had gone missing in similar circumstances years before.


UPDATE 1-S.Korea's SK Innovation to buy U.S. shale oil company

* Plans to expand shale oil development businesses (Adds details, background)


France targets sexual harassment with on-the-spot fines

PARIS (Reuters) - France will announce a series of measures against sexual violence on Wednesday, including on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment on the street and extended deadlines for filing rape complaints.

Aides advised Trump in capital letters: DO NOT CONGRATULATE Putin, Washington Post reports

US President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election despite the warnings from multiple national security advisers and briefing materials that said "DO NOT CONGRATULATE," The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening.


A 'millennials party' dares to break Indonesia's political mould

JAKARTA (Reuters) - In the Jakarta headquarters of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), workers call each other "bro" and "sis", and their leader sets the sartorial standard with a pair of ripped jeans.


Syrian rebels reach evacuation deal in Eastern Ghouta town: rebel sources

AMMAN (Reuters) - A Russian-brokered deal has been reached to evacuate a Syrian rebel group from a town in Eastern Ghouta to opposition-held northwestern Syria in the first such deal in the last remaining rebel bastion near the capital, two opposition sources said on Wednesday.

Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles

Toyota Takes Self-Driving Cars Off Road After Uber Accident

The automaker said it wanted to reassess its testing program after an autonomous Uber vehicle killed a pedestrian.

Books and Literature

Beijing Journal: A Beijing Bookstore Where George Washington Is on the Shelves

The All Sages Bookstore, run by a onetime Tiananmen Square protester, has survived both the capital’s ferocious property market and the censorship of the Xi Jinping era.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Peter G. Peterson, a Power From Wall St. to Washington, Dies at 91

Captain of business, financier, philanthropist and public-policy watchdog, Mr. Peterson rose from humble Nebraska roots to be a force in American life.


U.S. arrests Iranian over alleged $115 million sanctions evasion scheme

(Reuters) - An Iranian national has been arrested on U.S. charges that he participated in a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions and funnel more than $115 million paid under a Venezuelan construction contract through the U.S. financial system, prosecutors said on Tuesday.


Crime spike prompts Canada to unveil tougher gun control steps

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's Liberal government unveiled proposals on Tuesday to tighten already tough gun control laws to address a spike in crimes involving firearms, including a deadly attack on a mosque last year.


Mexican leftist's 'big tent' pitch puts presidency in sight

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - After years of denouncing his political opponents in Mexico as stooges of a corrupt "mafia," leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has extended his hand to them in a bid to make it third time lucky in the July 1 presidential election.


EU primes UK trade offer, seeks Brexit transition endorsement

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU governments agreed on Tuesday to offer British banks and airlines hope of good market access after Brexit but kept London waiting for confirmation it will get the transition deal it wants to avoid disrupting business.


Scores killed in rocket attack on Damascus market and rebel-held Douma

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 35 people were killed on Tuesday when a rocket hit a busy market place in an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said, while rescuers said Syrian and Russian airstrikes killed dozens in nearby rebel-held areas.


Macron says too much English spoken in pre-Brexit Brussels

PARIS (Reuters) - The English language is too dominant in Brussels, especially with Britain soon to exit the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday as he vowed to fight for a wider use of French in EU institutions and abroad.


Stephen Hawking to join Newton, Darwin in final resting place

LONDON (Reuters) - British physicist Stephen Hawking is to take his place among some of the greatest scientists in history when his ashes are interred inside Westminster Abbey, close to the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.


Rocket attack kills at least 29 in Damascus market: Syrian state media

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 29 people were killed and scores injured on Tuesday when a rocket landed in a busy market place in an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said.

Male birth control pill one step closer to reality

For decades, birth control pills have exclusively been used by women. But a male birth control pill that is both safe and effective may be on the horizon, according to a new study.


EU's Barnier sees most difficult Brexit issues to come at the end of talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier said on Tuesday he expected the most difficult negotiations with London to come at the end of the process.


Slovak PM-designate to rework cabinet list after president rejects proposals

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia's prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini said on Tuesday he would propose a new list of ministers on Wednesday after the president rejected his cabinet proposals.


Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies in Kenya

Just two members of the charismatic subspecies remain, both female. But scientists still hope to prevent the extinction of the animals.

Economic Conditions and Trends

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Aggressive Abroad, Putin Plays a Cautious Economic Game at Home

While other leaders scramble to boost economic growth, Vladimir Putin cares only about stability. And the Russian people seem fine with that.


United Airlines pauses cargo-hold pet transport after missteps

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines is halting the shipment of pets in airplane cargo holds while it studies improvements, the carrier said on Tuesday, after the death of a puppy and mistakes in handling other dogs last week sparked negative publicity.


EU's Juncker follows France, Germany in congratulating Putin

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's chief executive has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his reelection, saying that Russia and Europe should "reestablish a cooperative pan-European security order".


Expelled Russian diplomats leave Britain in nerve agent crisis

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twenty three expelled Russian diplomats and their families left the embassy in London and headed back to Moscow on Tuesday in the deepest crisis in Russian-British relations since the Cold War sparked by a nerve agent attack in England.


Slovak president calls for stronger cabinet shuffle as protests continue

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska rejected prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini's proposed cabinet on Tuesday and called for stronger changes to the government by Friday to help calm a political crisis brought on by the murder of a journalist.


Soviet-era scientist says he helped create poison in UK spy attack row

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Cold War-era scientist acknowledged on Tuesday he had helped create the nerve agent that Britain says was used to poison an ex-spy and his daughter, contradicting Moscow's insistence that neither Russia nor the Soviet Union ever had such a program.


Court rules in favor of case on Britain's ability to reverse Brexit

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - - A legal attempt by anti-Brexit campaigners to establish that Britain could unilaterally reverse Brexit was given a boost on Tuesday by Scotland's top court, which said it wants to examine the case in greater depth.


Turkey detains more than 100 suspected PKK members ahead of Newroz spring festival

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained more than 100 suspected Kurdish militants on suspicion of planning illegal demonstrations or plotting attacks for the Newroz spring festival, police, state media and a security source said.

Trump's death penalty plan for drug a 'step backwards'

President Donald Trump on Monday rolled out his three-part plan to tackle the opioid epidemic -- including some programs long championed by public health advocates -- but it's the proposal to impose the death penalty on drug traffickers that has raised the most eyebrows.


U.N. calls for Turkey to end state of emergency, halt violations

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to end the state of emergency in place since July 2016 that it said had led to widespread human rights violations including the arrest of 160,000 people and dismissal of nearly the same number of civil servants, often arbitrarily.


Saudi Prince Alwaleed reached secret agreement with government: BBG TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the chairman of Kingdom Holding who spent nearly three months in detention in the kingdom's anti-corruption campaign, told Bloomberg TV he had reached an agreement with the government for his release.


Fidelity's Eight Road Ventures Europe raises $375 mln fund

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) - Fidelity's Eight Roads Ventures Europe has raised a new $375 million fund, its third, with plans to invest in growth-stage tech firms across Europe and Israel that aim to scale up globally, the venture firm said on Tuesday.


World's last male northern white rhino dies

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world although scientists still hope they can save it from extinction.


South Korea to send K-pop singers to Pyongyang in late March

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of South Korea's K-pop singers will visit Pyongyang from March 31, the South said on Tuesday, a reciprocal visit after North Korea sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.


BRIEF-Adtran Says Broad Based Agreement With Sumitomo Electric Industries​ For North American MSO Business



China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead.


Islamic State takes Damascus area after rebels pull out: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters holding a small district in Damascus have gained some ground after driving out Syrian army units that moved into a neighboring area that rebels abandoned last week, a war monitor said.


Motor racing: Battling Bottas looks for a step up Down Under

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas knows he needs to step up his game from last season if he is to have any chance of keeping his place at Mercedes and has targeted a top-two finish at this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

United States Defense and Military Forces

U.S. and South Korea to Resume Joint Military Exercises

On April 1, the countries will resume the annual drills that they suspended during the Olympics and Paralympics, the Pentagon announced Monday.


Cambodia jails Briton for 'unintentionally' producing pornography

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Cambodian court on Tuesday suspended 10 months of a one-year jail term it handed to a British man found guilty of producing pornography in connection with a party in the town of Siem Reap, home to the ruins of Angkor Wat.


UPDATE 2-CEFC China's chairman to step down; CITIC in talks to buy stake in unit

* Ye probed for alleged economic crimes by Chinese authorities


Russia says 79,702 civilians evacuated from Syria's eastern Ghouta

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The total number of civilians, mostly children, who have been evacuated from Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta district since the start of a humanitarian operation has risen to 79,702, Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday.


Saudi Prince Alwaleed made secret agreement with govt, process ongoing: BBG TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the chairman of Kingdom Holding who spent nearly three months in detention in the kingdom's anti-corruption campaign, told Bloomberg TV that he had made an agreement with the government for his release.


U.S.-South Korea military exercises to resume next month

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea will resume joint military drills next month, Seoul and Washington said on Tuesday, exercises that will go ahead despite U.S. President Donald Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


U.S.-South Korea military exercises to start next month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea have agreed to resume joint military drills early next month, the Pentagon said, a move that was expected despite U.S. President Donald Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US and South Korea announce start date for annual military exercises

The US said Monday that its major "Foal Eagle and Key Resolve" annual military exercises with South Korea will start April 1, an announcement that comes as President Donald Trump readies for a potential major summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which could happen as early as May.


Brazil to launch canal to drought-stricken northeast this year: minister

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A canal set to deliver water to two drought-stricken states in northeastern Brazil is set to go into operation by year's end, a government minister said on Monday.


Pompeo to face tough questions on North Korea, Iran: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican who heads the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, will face tough questions on North Korea and Iran if he is to be confirmed in the role.


Trump adds Washington lawyer diGenova to legal team in Russia probe

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is beefing up his legal team with a lawyer who accuses the FBI and U.S. Justice Department of trying to frame Trump with false charges of colluding with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, possibly signaling a more aggressive drive to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


Key EU lawmakers committee to query Juncker aide's promotion at hearing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament's budgetary control committee wants a senior EU Commission official to clarify the sudden promotion of its president's chief aide to the top of the EU civil service, underlining the continuing unease among lawmakers over the move.


Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Platt release #MarchforOurLives song

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two of Broadway's biggest stars teamed up to release a song on Monday in support of the March for Our Lives gun control movement started by students at a Florida high school.


Palestinian President threatens to end Gaza reconciliation with Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for a bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, and threatened to end reconciliation efforts with his bitter rivals.


After landslide re-election, Russia's Putin tells West: I don't want arms race

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a softer tone toward the West on Monday after winning his biggest ever election victory, saying he had no desire for an arms race and would do everything he could to resolve differences with other countries.


Erdogan says Turkey may extend Afrin campaign along whole Syrian border

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish forces will press their offensive against Kurdish YPG forces along the length of Turkey's border with Syria and if necessary into northern Iraq, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, threatening wider conflict in Syria's civil war.


Hungary defends anti-immigration stance at U.N. rights body

GENEVA (Reuters) - Hungary defended its anti-immigration stance on Monday at the United Nations, saying it was determined to maintain a homogeneous, Christian society.


Palestinian President Abbas blames Hamas for bomb attack on PM convoy in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for the March 13 bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, saying it was a "despicable and sinful act."

Male tennis legend paid 10 times as much as female counterpart for broadcasts

Martina Navratilova is ticked.


Exploiting women for prostitution a crime against humanity: pope

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis branded exploitation of women for prostitution a "crime against humanity" on Monday and asked forgiveness from society for Catholic men who use prostitutes.


Damascus sees some Ghouta rebels accepting deals soon

DAMASCUS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Some rebels in eastern Ghouta may soon agree to withdraw from the opposition enclave or accept rule by the Syrian state after big advances by the army into the area, a Syrian government minister said on Monday.

4th nor'easter in 3 weeks to hit Northeast

Spring begins Tuesday, but winter isn't ready to retire just yet.


BRIEF-AIG Files For Potential Fixed-To-Floating Rate Series A-9 Junior Subordinated Debentures Due 2048



Syrian minister says some Ghouta rebels may accept deals soon

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Some rebels in eastern Ghouta may soon agree to withdraw from the opposition enclave or accept rule by the Syrian state after big advances by the army into the area, a Syrian government minister said on Monday.


Sisi's only challenger lays low ahead of Egyptian election

CAIRO (Reuters) - Days ahead of Egypt's presidential election, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, the only candidate standing against incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is avoiding the limelight.


Turkey says its forces won't stay in Syria's Afrin region

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish forces will withdraw from the Syrian border region of Afrin, leaving it to its "real owners", once it has been cleared of "terrorists", Turkey said on Monday.


France urges tough EU approach on Iran to save nuclear accord

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France urged the European Union on Monday to consider new sanctions on Iran over its involvement in Syria's civil war and its ballistic missile program, as Paris tries to persuade Washington to preserve a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.


Inspectors analyze toxin used on Russian spy, EU backs Britain

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - Inspectors from the world's chemical weapons watchdog on Monday began examining the poison used to strike down a former Russian double agent in England, in an attack that London blames on Moscow.


Saudi women should have choice whether to wear abaya robe: crown prince

RIYADH (Reuters) - Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is "decent and respectful", the kingdom's reform-minded crown prince said.


Russian denials of British attack 'increasingly absurd': Johnson

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister stepped up London's criticism of Moscow on Monday over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in England, calling Russian denials of responsibility "increasingly absurd".

Defense and Military Forces

Op-Ed Contributor: The Dirty Secret of American Nuclear Arms in Korea

North Korea may be unreliable, but it was America that broke with the Korean armistice by introducing nuclear weapons into South Korea in 1958.


UPDATE 2-Henkel warns that delivery woes hit sales in North America

* Confirms full year 2018 outlook (Adds share move, background)


Israel accuses French consulate employee of smuggling guns to Palestinians

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Monday it had arrested a French citizen, an employee of France's consulate in Jerusalem, on suspicion of using a diplomatic car to smuggle guns from the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.


EU must consider Iran's missiles, regional role: France's Le Drian

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union must discuss Iran's role in Syria and Yemen, as well as its ballistic missiles program, France said on Monday, as it seeks to preserve the 2015 nuclear accord by a May 12 ultimatum set by U.S. President Donald Trump.


Bomb blast in Syria's Afrin kills seven civilians, four Syrian rebels: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A bomb blast in a four-floor building in the town of Afrin in northwest Syria killed seven civilians and four Free Syrian Army members overnight, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.


Turkish embassy in Denmark attacked with petrol bombs, no injuries: police

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - At least two people attacked Turkey's embassy in Copenhagen with petrol bombs early on Monday causing some minor damage to the exterior of the building but no injuries, police in the Danish capital said.